BITTER HONEY: Polygamy in Bali
Please join us for a final screening of a cut of Bitter Honey: Polygamy in Bali. This is a final screening before submission to the Sundance and Toronto Film Festivals. Learn more about this complex social practice in Bali and engage in a conversation with filmmaker Robert Lemelson. Your feedback could shape the film’s final edit.
Tuesday, October 29, 20134:00 PM - 6:00 PM
11348 Young Research Library
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Bitter Honey is a deeply moving, intimate, and emotionally charged portrait of three polygamous Balinese families. Shot over a multi-year period on the island of Bali, Indonesia, the film documents the plight of Balinese co-wives—frequently characterized by psychological manipulation, economic hardship, infidelity, HIV/AIDs exposure, and domestic violence. Because of a societal structure where men predominate, these women are left with little voice and become trapped, as divorce often means losing their children, facing destitution, and entering a religious limbo. Bitter Honey draws attention to their struggle, documents those making courageous efforts to better protect and empower themselves, and will trigger a wider conversation about contemporary polygamy and women’s rights.
To learn more about Bitter Honey and to view a trailer visit Elemental Productions.
About the Filmmaker
Robert Lemelson is a research anthropologist at the Semel Institute of Neurosciences and an adjunct professor in the Department of Anthropology. He was a Fulbright scholar in Indonesia in 1996/97 and received his PhD from UCLA Anthropology in 1999.
Cost : Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Center for Southeast Asian Studies, UCLA Center for the Study of Women, Elemental Productions